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April 8, 2009

Shorties (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Micachu, and more)

BBC News interviews Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Finally what do you think Jane Austen would have made of all this?

I think she would have a sense of humour about it. I think that reading her again you are struck by what a sharp wit she had and how vicious she could be in taking apart the conventions of the society in which she lived.

I don't think she'd be rolling in her grave - or trying to claw her way out of it.

I think she would smile. And then she'd sue me for a billion dollars.


The Phoenix New Times' Up on the Sun blog calls Micachu's new album, Jewellery, "the "bona fide album of the year."

Her songs range from anywhere from three and a half minutes to 53 seconds. The latter, the absolutely transcendent "Sweetheart," is where the album becomes a separate entity from anything produced so far this year. In under a minute, Levi and Herbert manage to infuse acoustic guitars, dub-step worthy bass lines and fuzzed out guitar riffs, complete with a tidy little synth -- cute and yearning in appearance, but providing the song with the necessary clout while acting as a sort of twine, bundling everything together. All of this madness takes place in 53 amazing seconds -- a way for Levi to show off, but also a way for her to show how simple pop music can be.


At RCRD LBL, Tim Molloy has created a free and legal downloadable soundtrack for his novel, How to Break Bad News.

Read Molloy's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book.


BBC News interviews Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Finally what do you think Jane Austen would have made of all this?

I think she would have a sense of humour about it. I think that reading her again you are struck by what a sharp wit she had and how vicious she could be in taking apart the conventions of the society in which she lived.

I don't think she'd be rolling in her grave - or trying to claw her way out of it.

I think she would smile. And then she'd sue me for a billion dollars.


Retail Week reports that 25% of the UK's independent records stores shut their doors in the past year.


Willamette Week profiles Mike McConigal, founder of the Yeti arts journal.

This means, in any given issue, you might find an article on a long-lost gospel singer, a tour diary written by Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, or a collection of rare Australian crime-scene photography. And, of course, each issue comes with a CD of related songs and material curated and sequenced by McGonigal (his favorite part of the job). Yeti isn’t a moneymaking venture, McGonigal says, but it tends to break even, and even in the much-ballyhood “end of the print era,” advertising goals have been met as of late.


The Guardian has news of a new "Barack the Barbarian" comic book.

The series, which is set to launch in June from Chicago-based Devil's Due Publishing, kicks off with Barack the Barbarian: Quest for the Treasure of Stimuli. Hugely muscled, wearing a fur loincloth and grasping a bloody battle axe in his manly hands, Barack the Barbarian is a "mighty hero". He is the son of peasants from two different realms who is "destined to save the great republic of America and dethrone the overpaid despots of the time". A particular foe will be Red Sarah, a comic book version of Sarah Palin who is pictured in a wolf fur cape, a fur bikini, and little else apart from her trademark spectacles.


Threadless Tee-V interviews Cut Copy.


Cracked lists 6 writers who "accidentally crapped out masterpieces."


Amazon MP3 has the 5-track Fleet Foxes EP, Sun Giant, on sale for 99 cents.


Jaman.com is streaming the new Neil Young film, Get Around.


WFMU's Beware of the Blog collects covers of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs."


The Free Music Archive, a collaboration between WFMU and a group of fellow curators, including KEXP, dublab, KBOO, ISSUE Project Room, and CASH Music, offers free and legal music, playlist generation, and much more.


Glaswegians Glasvegas visit The Current studios for a streaming interview and live performance.


Newsarama interviews author Junot Diaz.

Newsarama: Junot, you’ve been touring the world promoting the book. How do people respond to it differently in other countries?

Junot Díaz: Lots of different reactions in lots of different places. But generally, folks have been enthusiastic. In Sweden, many readers were really digging all the fanboy nerd references. Sweden has a hardcore Tolkien community, and they quizzed the sh*t out of me about my Tolkien knowledge. In Germany I had a lot of people who wanted to talk to me about their Dominican vacations-yikes!


The Quietus lists the best goth records of all time.


Daytrotter's Tuesday session features an in-studio session by Crystal Stilts.


Pop Candy has an excerpt from Jeffrey Brown's new graphic novel, Funny Misshapen Body.


Enter the latest Largehearted Boy giveaway and win three zombie novels., including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Matthew Stearns & Jane Austen.


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also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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